The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an international survey of reading achievement of fourth grade students (equivalent to Year 5 in Malta). The international population for PIRLS consists of students in the grade that represents four years of schooling, provided that the mean age at the time of testing is at least 9.5 years. PIRLS is designed to measure children’s reading literacy achievement, to provide a baseline for future studies of trends in achievement, and to gather information about children’s home and school experiences in learning to read. The PIRLS study is conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).
Maltese students have now participated in two PIRLS cycles: that of 2011 and again in 2016. While in 2011 the students were assessed for their literacy proficiency in both English and Maltese, in 2016 they were assessed only for their reading proficiency in Maltese.


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